Top Ethiopia judge flees threats
|BBC / Monday, 6 November 2006
Ethiopia’s most senior judge, Teshale Aberra, has left the country following threats and “continued harassment” from the government, he has told the BBC.
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The Supreme Court president accused the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of killing its critics but managing to avoid international blame.
He also said the government was planning to appoint new, loyalist judges throughout the system.
Mr Meles had been seen as being part of a new generation of African leaders.
Mr Teshale is the latest in a series of senior officials – judges, diplomats and military commanders – to flee the country.
He told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme that Mr Meles’ government was just as bad as that of its predecessor, led by Mengistu Haile Mariam, who is accused of crimes against humanity.
“The difference is these guys are wise… These people kill whoever they feel like and then ask: ‘Who killed them?’”